Death of the first president of independent Ukraine († 88)

He was the first president of Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. Now the message has come: Leonid Kravchuk is dead, the co-architect of CIS was 88 years old.

According to media reports, the first president of independent Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, died at the age of 88 after a long illness, Ukrainian media reported on Tuesday, citing the politician’s family. “This is sad news and a great loss,” the head of the president’s office, Andriy Yermak, wrote in the Telegram news service.

Dissolution of the Soviet Union signed

Kravchuk was elected head of state in early December 1991 and days later signed an agreement with then Russian President Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) and Stanislav Shushkevich of Belarus, declaring the Soviet Union dissolved and founding a new alliance of the three republics becomes: the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Shushkevich died last week at the age of 87.

During Soviet times, Kravchuk held various positions in the Communist Party of Ukraine. He remained President of Ukraine until 1994. In 2020-2022 he participated in the ongoing talks on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass as the Chairman of the Ukrainian group.

Leonid Krawtschuk at a meeting with Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Bonn (file photo).
Leonid Krawtschuk at a meeting with Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Bonn (file photo). (Source: bonn-sequence/imago-images-pictures)

Messages of condolence on Twitter

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov
wrote on Kravchuk’s death: “Thank you for the peaceful renewal of our independence. We now defend it with arms in hand.” Anton Herashchenko, a former Ukrainian deputy interior minister, called Kravchuk a historical figure who played a major role in Ukraine’s independence. Estonian President Alar Karis regretted that the former head of state could not see his country win history again.

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